The aim of the project in cooperation with the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Centre for Industrial Mathematics FCC is to analyse how preventive measures and restrictions by government authorities affect the mobility of the population under Covid-19 conditions. During the first pandemic wave, Sweden and Germany have taken very different approaches in this regard, the results and implications of which still require in-depth investigation.
The project will follow an approach based on the complementary competencies of both partners. Fraunhofer ISI will collect and document information on the policy response to Covid-19 in Sweden and Germany using interviews and document analysis. Based on this frame of reference, FCC will use agent-based simulation models to describe and estimate the impact of different restrictions on the spread of infections. Agent-based modelling will be used to model the impact of state restrictions on mobility, taking into account variability in the behaviour of each population. The goal of the project is to draw conclusions on how different pandemic containment strategies may affect mobility and hence - indirectly - the spread of the disease.